Derek Sivers

Me in 10 seconds

I’ve been a musician, circus performer, entrepreneur, and speaker.

I’m a slow thinker, explorer, xenophile, and I love a different point of view.

California native, I now live in New Zealand.

Me in 10 minutes?

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What am I doing now?

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Contact me

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Books

Derek Sivers hardcover books, stacked
Useful Not True book cover

Useful Not True (2024)

Doubt everything. No beliefs are true. Adopt what works for you now.


How to Live book cover

How to Live (2021)

My masterpiece. Best thing I’ve ever made. My soul in a book.


Hell Yeah or No book cover

Hell Yeah or No (2020)

Useful wisdom. Simple profound mental models to guide your decisions.


Your Music and People book cover

Your Music and People (2020)

Get your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected.


Anything You Want book cover

Anything You Want (2011 → 2022)

40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. My tales of starting, building, and selling CD Baby.


See the foreign publishers of my translated books.

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Projects

Tech Independence
step-by-step instructions to set up your own server and break dependency on the cloud
Book Notes
detailed notes from the last 360+ books I’ve read
Now Now Now
a collection of sites that have a “what I’m doing now” page
Inchword
tools to help people translate books
MusicThoughts
inspiring quotes about music, translated into Español, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Português, Русский, العربية, 日本語, and 中文

Videos

TED (ted.com)
3 short talks from the TED Conference.
Anything You Want
7 short animations from my book “Anything You Want”.
Uncommon Sense
Entrepreneur lessons learned from starting, building, and selling CD Baby.
Conference Presentations
Talks from other conferences, all subjects.

Interviews

You can listen to over 80 hours of interviews, where I’m the guest.

Each one has an MP3 you can download, or a transcript if you prefer to read.

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Tweets see all tweets

July 20, 2023
The past is not true : https://sive.rs/pnt
June 30, 2023
dashing dog, searching for purpose : https://sive.rs/pdog
May 18, 2023
$575K of books sold. $575K to save lives. https://sive.rs/575k
April 21, 2023
The joy and freedom of harmlessly upsetting social norms : https://sive.rs/nor
April 20, 2023
Why I let go of my U.S. citizenship : https://sive.rs/xus
April 15, 2023
the Michael Browne suits : https://sive.rs/suits

Tools I use?

See my “uses” page.

Podcast

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